South Sudan military spending has dropped from $1.1 billion in 2014 to $72 million in 2018, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Siemon Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, said that military modernization remains a government priority, but economic conditions have made it difficult to maintain spending levels.
South Sudan’s neighbors significantly increased their military spending last year,
SIPRI data show that defense spending in East African countries jumped by $2.5 billion in 2018.
Kenya remained the region’s top military spender, splashing out $963.5 million in 2017, followed by Tanzania at $593.1 million, then Uganda at $444.6 million and Rwanda at $111 million.
Burundi spent $63.9 million, while South Sudan used $72 million, down from a whopping $1.1 billion in 2014.